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S&W 5906 and Ruger P85

Discussion in 'General Firearm Discussion' started by footballplaya98311, Sep 9, 2013.

  1. footballplaya98311

    footballplaya98311 Bremerton Member

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    How's it going everyone! A few questions for you all. I know someone selling a S&W 5906 9mm for $400 with a few mags and a holster. They also have a Ruger P85 9mm for $330 with a few mags. Are these decent prices? I've read some great reviews about both. Would greatly appreciate all comments with your experiences with them!
     
  2. FullCaliberII

    FullCaliberII Pierce County, WA Active Member

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    Yes, they are good prices if the guns are nice. Not the deal of the century but solid. No actual experience with either gun though sorry ;)
     
  3. nwo

    nwo Southern Oregon Well-Known Member

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    Depending on the condition, I would say that the prices are quite fair.

    They are both high quality pistols that are built like tanks.

    If you can afford them both, get them!
     
  4. footballplaya98311

    footballplaya98311 Bremerton Member

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    Thanks Gents!!
     
  5. Kruejl

    Kruejl Hillsboro Moderator of the Coriolis effect Staff Member Gold Supporter Silver Supporter

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    Wow, can I add to this thread. I have a 5906 and two P89's (pretty much the P85). The 5906 is a TANK! Accurate, clean and sexy (IMHO). The Ruger P-series is unstoppable but honestly not much to look at. Either one of these pieces are a great and TOTALLY reliable addition to your collection.
     
  6. sixfoot674

    sixfoot674 canby Member

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    i also havea 5906 that was a police trade in . very well used and it has never jammed on me. it will fire anything i feed it. great pistol.
     
  7. footballplaya98311

    footballplaya98311 Bremerton Member

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    Thanks again guys! I'm highly considering picking up the 5906. It's my boss who has it so I know it's in good condition. If I get it, it'll be my first pistol and eventually carry piece.
     
  8. techieguy

    techieguy Well-Known Member

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    I sold my Ruger P89 (a updated version of the P85) and 7 mags for $350 four years ago... so I wouldn't say its a killer deal but an OK deal. The P85 should be marked with a 'MlII' if it had been updated (a safety recall) The P series pistols are reliable pistols with typically long heavy triggers but will shoot any ammo its fed.
     
  9. footballplaya98311

    footballplaya98311 Bremerton Member

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    Safety recall had something to do with the firing pin right? About how it could break off?
     
  10. techieguy

    techieguy Well-Known Member

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    From Ruger's PDF about the modification:

    We are installing a safety modification that replaces the: safety and firing pin mechanism of the
    original Ruger P85 9mm pistols, manufactured between 1987-1990. This modification does
    not apply to any P85 which has " MKIIR" stamped on either the right or left safety; the
    "MKIIR" identifies that the safety modification has already been installed. The modification
    also does not apply to any other model P-Series pistol (including the P85MKII), as this
    safety system is installed in all other models at the time of production.
    All Ruger P85 pistols should be fitted with this new safety system because a P85 pistol fitted
    with the new safety system will not accidentally discharge when the safety/decocker lever is
    engaged if the firing pin is broken in a particular way. That's very important! It can help
    prevent accidents caused by the user's failure to take the basic safety precaution of always
    keeping the pistol pointed in a safe direction, especially when loading, unloading or decocking.
    The safety modification consists of modifying the pistol internally to accept the new safety
    system, there is no alteration to the frame itself. It is installed at no charge at our factory. You
    pay only charges to ship the gun to us, we will pay the return shipping charges. Upon completion
    of the safety modification and the return of your pistol, we will include a P15/10 10-round
    magazine (a retail value of $29.40) at no charge to compensate you for your shipping charges.
     
  11. footballplaya98311

    footballplaya98311 Bremerton Member

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    I'll make sure to double check for that stamp! Thanks Techieguy!!